How to Make Rosewater and Rosewater Facial Toner

What is Rosewater?

Rosewater is simply a flavored water that’s created by distilling the petals of the rose with steam, or steeping the petals in water. The result is a fragrant liquid that boasts anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties. Thanks to these anti-inflammatory and anti-bacterial properties, rosewater has been hailed as an amazing skin spray, toner, and a wonderful addition to lotions and creams. Who wouldn’t want to walk around smelling like a rose field all day?

How to Make Rosewater and Rosewater Facial Toner:


Rosewater Facial Toner:

  • 1/4 cup witch hazel
  • 1/4 cup rosewater homemade or store-bought
  • 5 drops rose otto essential oil * or a skin-loving essential oil such as:
  • lavender, bergamot, frankincense, or carrot seed essential oil

Homemade Rosewater:

  • 2 cups rose petals * lightly packed
  • 3 cups filtered water or distilled water


If you’d like to make rosewater: In a saucepan, over medium-high heat, bring the rose petals and water to a boil. The petals will float, so I recommend placing a smaller lid on top of the roses during the heating/cooking process. This will keep the petals submerged in the water. Once the water begins to boil, reduce the heat to a simmer (lowest heat possible). Steep the rose petals in the water for about 45 minutes. You can steep the roses for longer, but I recommend turning off the heat and just letting the petals rest in the water versus using the heat.
After steeping the roses, strain the rosewater from the roses using a bowl and cheesecloth (or a fine mesh sieve). A large coffee filter may also work for this step, although I haven’t personally tried this method. Discard the petals. The water can now be used to make a facial toner. To keep the rosewater from spoiling, I freeze my rosewater in 1/4 cup measurements, using freezer-safe mason jars or baggies. This allows me to make several batches of rosewater toner as needed.

Recipe Notes:

Rosewater Toner: To make a facial toner, combine ¼ cup witch hazel and ¼ cup rosewater in a jar or spray bottle. Spray or apply a small amount of rosewater toner on the cotton ball (or directly on your face), and then wipe your face with the cotton ball. I use this toner in the morning and at night, after using my cleanser and before using my vitamin C serum (at night) and oil moisturizer.

Benefits Of Rose Water:

1. Rosewater helps maintain the skin’s pH balance, and also controls excess oil.

2.”Rose water has anti-inflammatory properties that can help reduce the redness of irritated skin, get rid of acne, dermatitis and eczema. It is a great cleanser and aids in removing oil and dirt accumulated in clogged pores”, says Dr. Deepali Bhardwaj, Skincare Expert.

3. Rose water helps hydrate, revitalize and moisturize the skin giving it with that refreshed look.

4. Due to its antibacterial properties, rose water also aids in healing scars, cuts and wounds.

5. The antioxidant properties of rose water help to strengthen skin cells and regenerate skin tissues.

6. Due to the astringent like properties it possesses, rose water helps clean pores and tone the skin. Applying rose water after steaming tightens capillaries, reduces redness and blotchiness.

7. The aroma of roses is said to be a powerful mood enhancer. It rids you of feelings of anxiety and promotes emotional well-being, thereby making you feel more relaxed.

8. The nourishing and moisturizing properties of rose water enhance the quality of hair. It is known to treat mild scalp inflammations and get rid of dandruff. Rosewater works wonders as a natural conditioner and revitalizes hair growth.

9. The scent of rose water on your pillow also helps you sleep better after a long day, making you wake up refreshed.

10. It also helps aging skin, keeping fine lines and wrinkles at bay.